Corrugated cardboard is the kind with a wavey piece sandwiched in the middle. More than half of the material processed at the Recycling Centre (excluding e-waste) is cardboard. In 2013 twelve and a half semi loads of cardboard were recycled.
It is not surprising, as most things come to Flin Flon in a box. There is probably more than twice that much cardboard out there that could be recycled.
Cardboard takes of lots of space in landfills and is easily recycled into cardboard and other materials several times. It makes good sense to recycle as much as possible. Some communities require it to be recycled by banning it from their landfills.
Cardboard mostly comes from business and institutions, not homes. There is no subsidy program to help pay for cardboard recycling. The MMSM subsidizes household recycling. They give a little extra based on 15% of the weight of all the other recyclables to cover the cardboard that comes from homes.
Cardboard was more than half of what the Recycling Centre recycled last year so baling and shipping it is a major expense. Three bales make a metric ton or tonne. Those three bales together sell for $55.00 which just covers the shipping costs. Before March 1, 2014, it had been $30./tonne.
Some of the processing costs for cardboard are included in the fee businesses pay for recycling pickups. Financial support from businesses dropping their cardboard off at the Centre is needed to help cover the cost of recycling it.
Even though the Recycling Centre is a non-profit corporation, it needs to make sure is has enough money to survive.
For more information, call the Recycling Centre at 204 687 6169.